All the cats like a warm bed. (Paddy likes to play in the covers when we change the bedding.) Halo, Paddy, and Zoie like the furry throws to cuddle in or on. Zoie often digs underneath one to nap undisturbed. After all, if she can't see anyone, they can't see her either, right? (Even though her tail might be sticking out.) I had gotten a heated blue furry bed for Halo when she was sick but she never took to it and neither did Zoie or Paddy. London, our senior cat at almost 15 years, lives mostly upstairs. So we took the bed upstairs for her. She settled in it without it plugged in at first. Then we added the heat and now she spends most of her day in it.
Then there's the outside stray, Sunnybud, who adopts us when it's convenient for him. Usually twice a day for meals. But I worry about him at night in the cold. We have several heat pads in our unheated patio sunroom where he spends some time. I've discovered all you can do is give cats a choice. He has chosen the heated bed for nap time. On cold mornings, he's waiting for me there. Unlike the heat pads, this is a more subtle heat under a cushion.
Last month I wrote about the outside shelters. For more ideas and information about shelters, visit my blog at http://tinyurl.com/o7mcxf9